EGBA is trying to reason with Italian lawmakers

The authorities in Italy are proposing to increase the licensing fee for online gambling, set at 200,000 euros in 2018. The new amount for operators could reach 7 million euros, which is 35 times more than the current fee. The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has opposed such drastic changes. In their opinion, the number of licensed operators may decrease from 91 to 15-20, leading to an increase in the illegal market. The Association has also stated that they may demand an investigation. They want to ensure that Italy does not violate European legislation. It is worth noting that the previous increase in the fee to 2.5 million euros was rejected by local authorities.